A Jewish rock star reflects on Oct. 7

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 5, 2023

(RNS) — Peter Himmelman — rock star, creative genius and observant Jew — sings his truth. And ours. A new podcast.

New documentary tells the story of queer religious families in the Midwest

By Fiona André — December 4, 2023

(RNS) — The movie profiles queer families and individuals living in the Midwest, grappling with their identity in a conservative and traditional environment.

Armenian Christians battle developer to keep control of their corner of Jerusalem

By David I. Klein — December 4, 2023

(RNS) — A tiny Christian minority sitting on one of the Holy Land’s most valuable pieces of real estate has rebelled against a real-estate deal that would sacrifice nearly 25% of its land in Jerusalem.

On urgent issues, US Catholic bishops should follow the pope’s lead

By Mark Silk — December 4, 2023

(RNS) — Catching up with Francis on climate as well as democracy.

What the Camino shows us about travel and mortality

By Jana Riess — December 4, 2023

(RNS) — Travel teaches us how fragile life is and what a holy gift every day can be. (Also, it shows us we can be fear-based idiots.)

In Mexico, a Japanese traditional dancer shows how body movement speaks beyond culture and religion

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez Reyes — December 4, 2023

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For Latin American audiences, Kihara said, Japanese traditional dance might be hard to embrace.

Pilgrims yearn to visit isolated peninsula where Catholic saints cared for Hawaii’s leprosy patients

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher — December 4, 2023

KALAUPAPA, Hawaii (AP) — The pilgrimage to Kalaupapa is logistically challenging to make under normal circumstances. It is even more so today because of lingering COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Pope Francis says he’s doing better but again skips his window appearance facing St. Peter’s Square

By Frances D'emilio — December 4, 2023

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Thousands of people in the square followed his words from giant screens set up outdoors.

Recordings show how the Mormon church protects itself from child sex abuse claims

By Jason Dearen — December 4, 2023

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — Nondisclosure agreements have been used frequently by the Mormon church and other organizations to keep sex abuse allegations secret.

Interfaith Alliance of Southwest Florida; Election ’24 with Greg Lebel

By Ray Kirstein — December 2, 2023

State of Belief host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush talks with Interfaith Alliance of Southwest Florida’s Sharon Harris Ewing, Lisa Freund, and Tony Fisher; also, political management expert Greg Lebel on the 2024 vote

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